UK Stand Up


Stephen Bailey | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Comedy
Stephen Bailey

Superficial is not just the name of Heidi Montag's flop debut single from 2010, but I've been wondering if this is something we are all inadvertently ...

Boys, The Phallus Is a Flop

Sarah Gough | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Gough

I speak as one of the few females heavily involved with my University's comedy society. Only in its second year, it was founded by boys, moulded by boys and immediately carried to the depths of despair by... boys.

Collecting the Following

Naomi Hefter | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Comedy
Naomi Hefter

did a gig recently where a female audience member was really looking forward to hearing my work as I was the only female stand up there. Once I got on stage, I told a new story about about being from the same town as serial killer Fred West, and another where I urinated in the street wearing nothing but a Spiderman mask on.

Cycling Adventures

Vikki Stone | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Vikki Stone

Picture, if you will, you're on a bike, arriving at a beachside cafe, slowing down to almost a stop, and then just tipping over. No dramatic crash, just a slow, undignified tip. Three times I did that on my first day.

A Quota for Female Comedians Is No Way Forward

Adam Benjamin | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Adam Benjamin

For progress to be made, the BBC must fundamentally reassess the way it looks at female stand-ups. They are not a ratings tool but performers who can be just as hilarious as their male counterparts. Treating them as otherwise benefits neither the viewer nor the reputation of female comedians.

Writer & Stand-Up Viv Groskop: Laughter Lines

Sara Bran | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Sara Bran

"I've got a work-in-progress show of the book, I Laughed, I Cried, at the Funny Women Pop-Up Fringe in Edinburgh on August 18 and 19. I still haven't worked out if there's a way of talking about stand-up in the context of a comedy show."

Is Twitter Good Training for Stand-Up?

Robin Flavell | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Comedy
Robin Flavell

The sheer number of would-be joke writers within its walls tells you that it's relatively easy to fire out a few one liners in the safe environment of Twitter. But arguably Twitter's cosy bosom is no place to prepare yourself for the bear-pit of live performance. If a joke falls flat on Twitter it will simply get washed away in the ceaseless stream of the timeline. No one boos. No one gets up and walks out. The long, deathly silence which must haunt the dreams of every stand-up comedian is of no concern.

Kathleen Is a Fat-Calfed WHORE

Nicky Clark | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Nicky Clark

Piers my one true love, my Lord of Loveland, my bastion of succour, my dream boat of the Cuddling Line, has been bedazzled and enchanted by the whore of Babylon. His assistant, Kathleen.

Mr Tony Law Scoops Chortle Awards and Plays London

Aaron Child | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Aaron Child

The bushy mad man that has become Tony Law is a force in Live comedy not to be missed.

How I Spent £150,000 on Chinese Prostitutes in 18 Months

Chris Dangerfield | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Chris Dangerfield

People don't want to see the world for what it is; they spend their lives pretending things are otherwise. Prostitution cracks the veneer, its actuality threatens to break the artificial limits our lives already, silently, secretly, and shamefully transcend, but people want to brush such confessions into the corner, under the carpet.

Exclusive Interview With Podcaster Extraordinaire John Dredge: 'Make Sure Your Podcast Includes Deer!'

Howard Gorman | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Howard Gorman

With the second series of the show having sadly reached it's climax Mr. Dredge is hard at work in his grotto having already unleashed what he calls his 'bonkers audiobook for kids' and the rumour mill will have it that he's already slaving away with his trusty sidekicks preparing for round 3 of the series.

How to Write and Direct a Comedy Sketch for Free in 17 Easy Steps

Keith Ryan | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Keith Ryan

After you do something like writing and directing a sketch, you feel compelled to help others who might want to achieve their own dream of writing and directing a sketch. So you do what comes naturally: explain How You Did It, in 17 easy steps.

Beer Made From Angel's Wings and Unicorn Tears

Xavier Toby | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

My need for alcohol is actually starting to affect my powers of perception, and I now seem to be existing in a reality that is part medieval England, part Narnia. Alternatively, I might be seeing things as they are, and Perth is a few years behind the rest of Australia.

Matt Roper is Seeking Inspiration

Matt Roper | Posted 17.12.2012 | UK Comedy
Matt Roper

I haven't written a single word in the last six weeks, apart from throwing bits and pieces onto a song I started writing in June. Terrible business, when I think about it.

Writing Punch - Creating the Darkest of Characters for the Edinburgh Fringe

Steven Bloomer | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Steven Bloomer

The central character in Punch is the most heinous, twisted, barbarous person I have ever tried writing. He's impervious to any shred of empathy, tact or compassion and yet I agree with (almost) everything he says.

WATCH: 'Old Jews Telling Jokes' Returns!

Huffington Post UK | Alastair Plumb | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK Comedy

Fancy a laugh? Well, you can't go wrong heading over to, which boasts - would you beleive it - several old Jews telling jokes....

It's Not Women Who Aren't Funny - It's Everybody

Dale Shaw | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Comedy
Dale Shaw

So, I had mapped out a whole screed about women in comedy and the insanity of the 'women aren't funny' thing and the under-representation of females i...

The Smugness of the Recovered Christian

Taylor Glenn | Posted 27.11.2011 | UK Comedy
Taylor Glenn

I can remember the day I realised I didn't believe in religion anymore. It was really sunny, and God's love was shining through the trees - only it wasn't God's love, it was just the sun.

Dave Hill: An American Funnyman in London

Dave Hill | Posted 16.11.2011 | UK Comedy
Dave Hill

Hello. This is Dave Hill, the incredibly famous American person who is in no way to be confused with the guitar player from Slade of the same name even though we both have incredible hair and are really great at rocking people without even really trying.

Jasper Carrott Returns To Stand-Up | Posted 13.11.2011 | UK Comedy

JASPER Carrott is returning to his roots with his first stand-up show on the small screen for a decade. Jasper Carrott has been signed up to front ...

Is An Hour Too Long For A Comedy Set? | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK Entertainment

Can you stop yourself looking at your watch at a comedy gig – and can any of Edinburgh 2011's acts keep going long enough?...